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Bits: Cathay Pacific sale (HKG £369), BA launches Tesco competition, Qatar TO Heathrow for £700

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News in brief:

Cathay Pacific sale prices reduced further – and earn Avios

Cathay Pacific sent me a press release about their current sale, and before I got around to running it I had another one saying that prices had been cut further!

The sale runs until the end of May although these additional discounts are only available until 17th May.  Headline economy prices include Phuket from £419, Hong Kong from £369 and Tokyo from £569.  Business class to Hong Kong starts at £1,659 for travel until March 2017.

The full list of offers from London and Manchester can be found here.

Remember that, as a oneworld partner, you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points when flying Cathay.

Cathay Pacific 350

No Tesco conversion bonus to Avios, but a competition

As I wrote last week, Virgin Atlantic is currently running a 15% bonus when you convert your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Flying Club.

British Airways is not.  Instead, they are running another competition:

For every £5 in Tesco Clubcard vouchers you exchange for Avios by midnight 31 May 2016, you’ll receive one entry into a prize draw, which includes a pair of Club Europe return flights and three nights in a 4* hotel, in either Chania, Crete; Biarritz, France; Palermo, Sicily or Menorca, Spain — some of our new summer short haul destinations.

Those of you who auto-convert your Clubcard points into Avios (which I do NOT recommend) receive two entries for every £5.

You can find more details on the ‘Tesco to British Airways’ page of tesco.com here.

The reason I don’t recommend auto-converting Clubcard points to Avios is that the downside outweighs the upside.  Clubcard vouchers convert to Avios within 24 hours on demand, so if a good redemption pops up you have time to transfer.

You would lose out, however, if Tesco launched a very generous special offer with another partner.  Perhaps you feel the need to buy a gift at Goldsmiths (3x face value), put some furniture into Safestore (3x face value) or buy a Eurotunnel ticket (3x face value)?  These are all good value deals where I would happily take 3x face value on my vouchers rather than Avios points.

Qatar A380

Very cheap Qatar Airways flight TO Heathrow

Over the Summer, Qatar Airways is offering flights from Colombo in Sri Lanka to Heathrow – and back again – for £700 return in Business Class.

How could you use this deal?

You could treat it as a one-way back from the Maldives (a very short hop from Colombo) and throw away the return

You could use it to straddle two holidays a few months apart

You could nest it inside an Avios ticket if you travel to the region a lot, eg fly London to the region on BA, come back on Qatar from Colombo, return to Colombo a few weeks later on Qatar and then do the last leg back on BA

Availability at this price is limited but it is there if you trawl through the Qatar Airways website here.  You are looking for an outbound at 54,000 LKR and an inbound at 90,000 LKR.

Comments (42)

  • harry says:

    O/T Get a FREE Night Stay (On a Sunday) when you Book either Sat & Sun OR Sun & Monday
    You must stay between 05/06/2016 – 03/07/2016 and book by 19th May
    Use code FREESUN1 at checkout
    Some hotels may be excluded from this offer

  • Andrew* says:

    OT: anyone (else…) who applied for Virgin ISA (for 12000 miles) just seen the miles (that were quick to post) disappear?!

  • Mr Dee says:

    Agree I think Tesco Clubcard has had its day.

    • Genghis says:

      I don’t think so Mr Dee. There’s still decent deals out there and with the upcoming revamp, there’ll hopefully be more.

  • harry says:

    I concluded that the wines in the PayPal deal + free delivery + 2 Dartington glasses + 750 Virgin miles for £49.99 was worth it so bought that.

    If it’s your first order, ie another 3000 Virgin miles on top – it’s a complete steal.

    Just remember to cancel your membership of the wine club.

  • harry says:

    O/T how to choose your seat with HBO fares

    I noticed on FT that if you have Gold/ Silver, you can change your seat on the machines in the terminals free of charge. All the exits might have gone by then, but you could probably get a better seat.

  • harry says:

    O/T how to get rich off suckers https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/woollip-travel-pillow-pillow-for-smart-travelers#/

    They raised USD280K 🙂

  • Genghis says:

    Yep. Me too. Harry mentioned it yesterday

    • James67 says:

      Ah ok, sorry for repeating then, been too busy this week to afford HFP as much attention as I usually like.

  • Clive says:

    Virgin have dropped their price LHR HKG to £307. Good availability in Oct and Nov.

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